I was doing some reading for my child development class the other day when I stumbled across some information concerning language development. Apparently, most children say their first word around 12 months and by 18 months they have 50 words in their expressive vocabulary. This data caught me a bit off guard; it didn't jive with what I remembered hearing about my own speech.
Luckily, Amy Jo came home shortly after I read this. I reported my findings to her and inquired about my language acquisition rates. Apparently, my first word occurred around 10 months of age, at 14 months I was speaking in complete sentences, and at 18 months I was speaking in what Amy Jo referred to as, "complete paragraphs". So basically, I began talking at 10 months at haven't shut up since...which sounds about right.
Speaking of discussions I've had with Amy Jo recently, last night we were watching Gilmore Girls (I'm guiding her through the entire series) and Lorelai was pointing out dirty jokes. I looked at Amy Jo and said, "If it wasn't for the gutter, my mind would be homeless." I thought she would've been slightly offended, but she wasn't. She said, "You should write that down somewhere." Way to surprise me, Amy Jo. I assume she meant to write it down on my blog; I don't know where else I would write it.